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How You See It


Published 1936


How persistence of vision makes motion pictures possible.


Run time 7:55
Producer Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W


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MOTION PICTURES ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY PERSISTENCE OF VISION. ITS PRINCIPLES EXPLAINED WITH ANIMATION, DIAGRAMS. STUNT DRIVER ROLLS CAR OVER. GOOD SHOTS AUDIENCES, PATRONS ENTERING THEATRE, PROJECTION EQUIPMENT. PROCESS SHOT OF AUDIENCE WATCHING FILM.
Ken Smith sez: This narrated film about persistence of vision (how movies work) has a good narrator and lots of fun visuals. High points: A weird scene inside a movie theater (as chorus girls toss flowers down a hill) and a great car crash at the end (Jam Handy had to work a Chevy into this film somehow).

01:09:13:00-01:09:30:00
people waiting on line at box office

01:09:32:00-01:09:43:00
people watching film in theater; (shot from back of theater).

01:09:43:00-01:09:49:00
film that shows CU of hand doing magic tricks with balls (sleight-of-hand)

01:09:49:00-01:09:54:00
ECU of an eye; ECU of an eyeball.

01:09:54:00-01:10:44:00
VS (drawings) that show parts of the eye and how it works, car is used as the object seen for the demonstration.

01:10:44:00-01:10:53:00
CU hand tapping pencil up and down

01:10:53:00-01:10:58:00
MS car in rain

01:10:58:00-01:11:11:00
Various closeups of rain falling on car roof.

01:11:11:00-01:11:37:00
side of car against black BG; picture of moving BG; the 2 shots are then put together.

01:11:38:00-01:11:53:00
VS fireworks

01:11:54:00-01:12:11:00
CU man lying pictures on table; still photographs placed over top each other; pencil comes into frame pointing at different aspects of the drawing.

01:12:11:00-01:12:21:00
2 men working press machine (shot in slow motion)

01:12:21:00-01:12:30:00
men working machine that presses metal

01:12:30:00-01:12:41:00
CU film strip

01:12:42:00-01:12:55:00
VS woman diving off roof of car.

01:12:55:00-01:13:16:00
35mm motion picture film in bucket; man's hands holding section of film; than walks off screen; film in bucket being wound up out of wastebasket; CU reel winding film; CU man's hands removing reel from holder.

01:13:16:00-01:14:58:00
VS of film projector (drawings)

01:14:58:00-01:15:05:00
2 men riding on roof of car with woman on their shoulders

01:15:05:00-01:16:07:00
VS film projector parts; scene changes from drawings to an actual projector.

01:16:13:00-01:16:41:00
car (1937 Chevrolet) driving through field; it begins to roll (intentionally); lands on its side; men enter frame; VS of men pushing car back onto its wheels; driver waves thanks to crowd that has helped him
Danger Lurks MOTION PICTURES FILM CINEMATOGRAPHY EYES VISION STUNTS AUTOMOBILES CHEVROLET ADVERTISING CAMERAS ANIMATION THEATERS AUDIENCES MARQUEES SCREENS DIAGRAMS PERCEPTION SENSES HUMOR PROJECTORS PROCESS SHOTS WIPES
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Reviewer: Spuzz - - November 2, 2003
Subject: How you don't.
Pretty entertaining explanation of how motion pictures work, using of course, Jem Handy films as pictorial examples. Nice shots of optical illusions combined with the way projectors work make for a nicely put together film. Was sort of surprised that they would have a Chevrolet do a rollover like that at the end though..
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